Top 10 Things You Need to Know; Back to School 2023-24


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  1. Start of School

Our first day of student attendance is Thursday, August 17, 2023. Please refer to your school’s Bell Schedule for your start and end time.  GCSD9 Bell Schedule 

  1. School Handbooks

All school handbooks are on the district website. Per the Dress Code Policy, P.E. uniforms are not required.  GCSD9 Dress Code Policy   GCSD9 Student Handbooks

  1. Parent Communication

We strongly encourage parents to take roles in their children’s educational experience. Please sign up for Skyward access where you will be able to view your student’s grades, communicate with their teacher, etc. Please update any new information, including changes in your phone number, mailing address, or email address with Student Services. They can be reached at 618-451-5800 x2021. You can download Skyward with the following link. GCSD9 Skyward 

  1. After School Programs

GCSD9 has after school programs through the YMCA with Y Club (latchkey) and also through Coordinated Youth and Human Services {CYHS} with Teen-Reach Program. 

Teen-Reach   618-610-6508    YMCA Y Club   618-876-2700

  1. Transportation

Transportation applications must be completed annually. Students must sit in their assigned seats and follow safety rules at all times. Transportation privileges will be suspended/terminated for violations of student Code of Conduct or Safety Rules. This link takes you to all transportation information; Routes, First Student Mobile App, etc. First Student 618-500-6550. Transportation Information

  1. Student Cell Phones and Devices

Students may not use cell phones, smart watches or other such devices during school hours in a manner that disrupts the educational learning environment. Simply call your student’s school office, and the office staff will deliver the message. Thank you for not enabling or encouraging your child to violate this policy.

  1. Safety and Security Protocol 

Exterior doors are locked at all times, requiring visitors to enter through a single visitor vestibule. Photo ID is required to enter the building. Visitors must remain in their designated part of the building at all times. GCSD9 Safety

  1. Health Expectations

Every student must have (1) current immunization records or (2) an approved, notarized Statement of Exemption. The only exception to this requirement is for students who are experiencing homelessness. This information must be on file no later than October 15, 2023, or within 30 days of enrollment.

GCSD9 Health Expectations

  1. Family and Student Resources/Meals

Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Students may bring their lunch, but will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave. No outside food deliveries are allowed for students. Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  1. School Supplies

Each school will have their supply requests listed on our website. If you need assistance with school supplies for your child, please contact their school office or social worker. School Supply Lists

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